Open Doors Responds to Nigerian Election

Organization Continues to Be Concerned for Nigerian Christians

David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, which works with a large network of Christians in Nigeria, offers this response to the results of the country’s presidential election:

“Open Doors is hopeful that Nigeria’s newly elected retired General Muhammadu Buhari will help put an end to the violence in the country. During the campaign, he stated he would end the insurgency within months, if elected. We are praying he will follow through with this promise and commit to protecting freedom of religious expression. We continue to be concerned for Christians who have been targeted by violence from Islamic extremists. The government must protect the country’s villages, schools and churches.  

Violence against Christians in Nigeria is a lead indicator of chaos for the entire region. Boko Haram is now coordinating its tactics with the Islamic State and, unless stopped by civil authorities, will try to establish a caliphate in northern Nigeria, Niger and even Cameroon. This election will shape whether Nigeria will continue to exist in its current state or whether it will be bifurcated by a caliphate set up by Boko Haram.”

About Open Doors USA

For 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world’s most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit